Friday, June 29, 2007

It's an addiction now...

It's my own fault. I looked at Merkley???'s page. It's like Medusa. I fear that I will never again be able to take credit for anything original. He gets the credit for dicovering this:


I'm retiring to the mountains this weekend to contemplate this video and my existence.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Downtown Reno Ups and Downs


DMD has a nice little round up on the happenings in the downtown development world. I like reading this blog because this guy takes the time to follow up with every interesting item on the City Council Agenda, and then welcomes a very active dialogue on his site with regards to his always pertinent posts. Good work, dude. Keep it up.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Merkley???

Check out Three Question Marks and draw your own conclusions. I have spent more than a few minutes cruising through this "Dude's" (seriously, I bet he hears the reference enough to make him want to punch me in the neck for saying it, but it's so fucking true...you'll see the uncanny resemblance for yourself in his self-portraiture) words and art, and I SAY: good shit. God DAMN, some people just appeal to the crazy gene.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Fire Season

I was driving back from the Regional Landfill yesterday, (taking yet another load from my "new" house remodel when I caught a glimpse of the fire burning 150 acres or so out past Lakeside drive. What a hot, dangerous season we are smack in the middle of experiencing.



Also, caught a little more Reno Rodeo last night, and saw DLP's little stud's mutton busting their way to greatness. Maybe Sean and Ireland will get in the ring someday, who knows? For now, they just like the atmosphere!


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

YeeeeeeeeHA!

I say it year after year, but there just ain't nuthin' quite like the Reno Rodeo. I could go every night if I had the time and resources. Alas, I am but a humble slave to my other obligations, and I think last night's trip to the Ro-Day-Oh will be the one time I get to experience it's grandeur this year. That's OK...we were treated to a nice box seat, and some amazing qulaity Roping, Riding and good-old-fashioned showmanship. Those Cowboys are real, good people, pious and hard-working, fun-loving and wild, and talented. Is it any wonder Sean likes to wear those boots all year round?

















Friday, June 15, 2007

Se-eh-esame Streeeeet

Huge shout out to Z for making my day with this one. It explains so much of my existence.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Time's a wastin'


Time's a wastin'
Originally uploaded by grace_tee.
Flickr from a friend of a friend of a friend...she gets it. What does this wheel cover tell you?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The biggest little city


The biggest little city
Originally uploaded by dave_laplante.

Nice perspective from DLP...and in his own words, "BLC indeed". Word.

I'm feeling this flickr pickr right now, as the sun is high and things are popping around Reno. It's hard to go anywhere without running into a friend. It's hard not to smile when you do. It used to be hard to be in such a fishbowl of a town after living in SD and SF, but I've really grown up to appreciate the subtle attractiveness of being a part of something intimate and special.


I love this place.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Yeah, Jambo Jambo


Babymama and I dropped the kidlets off with her sister and mother Friday morning and drove west to the Wine Country. More specifically, we headed towards the "hate free community" of Guerneville,CA, where a good friend of mine from college (Stacie Uchida) was getting ready to marry the man of her dreams (Keith Glynn). We made several stops at various wineries throughout the weekend, including but not limited to the epically modern Artessa Vineyards and Winery, and Villa Fiore, home of Reno Legend Don Carano's Ferrari-Carano Vineyard and tasting rooms, including Enoteca, where we sampled and purchased the soon-to-be-best-red-wine-in-the-world, "Prevail". It's that good.

The time alone with my wife was a much-needed re-connect, and really got us in the mood for what will likely be known as the wedding of the year. This couple really did it up right, starting with the location, which was set in the Redwoods of the Russian River Valley, and reminiscent of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey doing the dirty...the scene was rustic and yet high-class, all the way. The ceremony included some of the best self-written vows from a couple of fearlessly loving human beings. The surroundings were not just the beauty of the trees and decorations, but the warmth of the family and extended family that made up the guest list. Stacie's dad gave a Dr. Seuss-esque toast that had everyone (including himself) in tears. You can see where she gets her sweet compassion from. The couple had provided everyone with a mix-tape (CD, actually, but mix tape still sounds perfect) to listen to on the drive up, and then they had a goodie-box of neat stuff waiting in every room for their guests. They carefully folded the 1,000 origami cranes that hung from the trees of the cocktail reception that immediately followed the ceremony. They hosted a pre-game (bbq the night before) that was probably just as big and costly as the wedding reception, and invited everyone who made the trip up to take part in this as an informal way of spending even more time together. They had a jazz band and a gourmet spread and the details went on and on and on. There was nothing but LOVE put into this wedding, and it started a long time ago. I was so proud to be a part of the weekend, and I still can't get "All Night Long" by Lionel Ritchie out of my head...damn, that was a fun night. Now we are back in Reno, and dealing with what will probably be a 3-day hangover. It's nice to get away.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Toward the Promised Land


Toward the Promised Land
Originally uploaded by Java Cafe.

I'm in an unusual mood this morning. Feeling good, and thinking about things I normally don't...listening to gospel...wtf?

Sometimes a little gospel just hits the spot, right? I actually perfer the really old-school southern upbeat stuff...and I can get stuck on Aretha or James Brown for days, because they tend to feel it too...and funk it up. Anyway.

Random f-ing post, I know. Whatever.
***Update, 15 minutes later...I can't stand that internet radio station any more. It's not what I was looking for. Suggestions?***

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Multimedia message by Teddy


Multimedia message
Originally uploaded by Teddy Novak.
And some words from Coelho to go along with it:

"1] You have already arrived. So, feel pleasure at each step and do not worry
about things that you still have to face. We have nothing before us, just a road
to be traveled at each moment with joy. When we practice pilgrim meditation, we
are always arriving, our home is the present moment, and nothing more.

2] For that reason, always smile while you walk. Even if you have to
force it a bit and feel ridiculous. Get used to smiling and you will end up
happy. Do not be afraid of displaying your contentment.

3] If you think
that peace and joy always lie ahead, you will never manage to achieve them. Try
to understand that they are both your traveling companions.

4] When you
walk, you are massaging and honoring the earth. In the same way, the earth is
trying to help you to balance your organism and mind. Understand this
relationship and try to respect it – may your steps have the firmness of a lion,
the elegance of a tiger and the dignity of an emperor.

5] Pay attention
to what is going on around you. And concentrate on your breathing – this will
help you to get rid of the problems and worries that try to accompany you on
your journey.

6] When you walk, it is not just you that is moving, but
all past and future generations. In the so-called “real” world, time is a
measure, but in the true world nothing exists beyond the present moment. Be
fully aware that everything that has happened and everything that will happen is
in each step you take.

7] Enjoy yourself. Make pilgrim meditation a
constant meeting with yourself, never a penance in search of reward. May flowers
and fruit always grow in the places touched by your feet."

Monday, June 4, 2007

Warp Speed

So it's official: we're buying another house. It's bigger, and in the neighborhood I love more than any other in Reno: Old Southwest/Newlands Manor. It's going to be awesome...but not for a while, as it's a fixer-upper...a serious fixer upper. I am so in love with my wife for letting me have this project, though, because this house is already built with a modern flavor, and the canvas is conducive to other modern add-on's. I think I'm going to start a blog all about the house and remodel and do a start to finish type of before and after deal. I'll post a link to it once I get going. As for right now, I'm getting my loan dialed in and my inspections done, and the kids are stocking up on sunblock for the pool that comes with! We're stoked.

Total party house, btw, so if you know me, then you know that we're going to have some fun times ahead.

No pics yet. Just dreams and ideas.